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Stars Talk After Game 5 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dave Tippett, Mike Modano, Brenden Morrow, Marty Turco, Mike Ribero, Trevor Daley and Steve Ott answeer a few questions…

Q. Talk about Marty. Obviously we’ve talked incessantly about him up here. Talk about how critical he was.

COACH DAVE TIPPETT: Well, there’s been a lot documented about his struggles up here. I don’t look at it as his struggles. I look at it as our team struggles up here. For us to be successful, he has to be very good. That’s what you saw from him tonight.

I thought there was so much battle in him. Our team, one of our themes all year is find a way to win and have the will to win. I think Marty exemplified that tonight. He wasn’t going to be denied in this game. He made enough saves in this game for us to get us the win.

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Babcock & Lidstrom After Game 5 WCF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q. Talk about some of the things you felt your team did not do right today, particularly some of the line change stuff.

COACH MIKE BABCOCK: Well, I thought obviously the one line change thing where the puck was shot by Turco, it hit McCarty, Chelios thought it was going in front of him and he came to the bench. That gave them their second goal, which is unfortunate. Their other goal was we just over back-checked on a two-versus-two situation.

I thought tonight, one of the keys for us when we had our quality chances, we missed the net. We missed the net 19 times tonight. We had ample opportunity, weren’t able to get it done. When they were in lockdown mode, we didn’t get enough people and pucks to the net for second chances.

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That Hockey Smell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vincent M. Mallozzi of the NY Times,

Then she opened the bedroom door.

There was her husband, Andy Oliver, who had just returned from playing a hockey game, surrounded by his foul-smelling gear, which he had let out of the bag for the first time at home.

“Tammi thought she might find a rat in the bedroom, but it was only me,” Oliver said. “I was just airing out my stuff.”

When she asked how he intended to deodorize his gear, Oliver began searching online for a solution. He came across a Canadian company, Esporta, that cleans bacteria and contaminants from sports equipment.

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NFL Ownners Look To The NHL Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

National Football League team owners plan to reopen the current labor deal with players possibly next week and could lead to a lockout in a move to cut costs, the head of the players’ union said on Saturday….

“Our players are prepared for that,” he told several hundred sports industry officials and executives, comparing the NFL owners’ approach to that taken by their counterparts in the National Hockey League that led to a lockout of that sport’s players and the loss of the 2004-2005 season. “We’ve had a lot of discussion and preparation for that.”

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Back To Dallas We Go

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Stars defeat Wings 2-1 to force a game 6 in Dallas on Monday night.

The Stars are beginning to play their game and the Wings are getting frustrated by the tight defensive game the Stars play.

Stars have the momentum now, but also have the pressure of winning game 6. 

First goal is key come Monday!

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Coach Therrien Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  I guess is there any concern about Malkin and Sykora for tomorrow?

        COACH THERRIEN:  They should be ready for tomorrow.  They should be there.

        Q.  Is it just a sickness?

        COACH THERRIEN:  A sickness.  And we believe at this time of year rest sometimes can be more important than practice, and they should be there tomorrow.

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In A Musty Old Hall In Detroy-it They Prayed…It’s A Game 5 Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I had every intention of going with Seger.  But..I gave it some thought this morning and I’m thinking it’s not time for a change.  Lightfoot got us here and he’ll get us home.  I love that line, and was going to save it for the Finals, but thought today was a good time to break it out.

It’s a Game 5 Live Blog.  In a musty Joe Louis, 20,000 are praying for a trip back to where the Wings belong.

Press down.  Hard.

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Coburn & Timonen Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Q.  We keep hearing that you’re not feeling that well, and that’s why there’s been this uncertainty.  Do you have concussion symptoms, and if so, what are they?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Right now, I’m just kind of dealing with some things with the eye and stuff like that.

        So every day it’s been getting better.  Tomorrow we’re reevaluating it again.

        Q.  Do you think you’ll play tomorrow?

        BRAYDON COBURN:  Yeah, I think there’s a good chance.

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Scouting the Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Spector at the National Post,

“Being a fourth-line player, let’s face it, I didn’t get a lot of ice time. I basically did a job where I knew I was a small piece of a team,” [Dave] Brown said. “I saw all the other pieces around me—skill guys, checkers, goalies, defencemen, penalty killers, power-play guys—and I was basically looking at them from the bottom up. I saw a lot of things from the bench, watching.

“I probably had a 13-year apprenticeship as a scout when I was sitting on the end of bench.”

And when he left the ice, he did so with the respect of many. Even Stu Grimson, whose career Brown nearly ended one night in Calgary in a hellacious rematch, after Grimson had beaten Brown in a fight in Edmonton two nights before.

“I always tell people, beating Dave Brown the first time I fought him was both the single greatest achievement of my career, and the single biggest mistake,” Grimson said yesterday. “He’s a good guy, a hard worker, and has a real humble disposition. A good man.”

more… on “The Toughest Flyer”

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Killing Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am going for a haircut, make a stop at the coffee shop and just breeze through the day.

Maybe return home around 1:15pm ET today and see if I can find anything to watch on TV.

I don’t have a care in the world today, nothing on my schedule, just plan to relax.

You too?

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